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Heroin worth Rs 75 cr seized
: The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 15 kg of heroin worth Rs 75 crore in the international market from near the border fence here. The drug was thrown into the India territory over the barbed wire near Daoke village on Tuesday. The Commandant of the BSF 41 Battalion, Ish Aul, said jawans rushed to the spot from where the sound was heard and their timely reaction foiled the attempt by the smugglers. He said seeing the BSF party rushing towards them, the smugglers escaped on either side of the fence taking advantage of the darkness and high growth paddy crop. The contraband was in 15 packets of one kilogram each. DIG Sanjeev Bhanot said the BSF was put on high alert recently following intelligence reports about smuggling bids.

One dies in mishap
: Pardeep Kumar, resident of Bhandari Mohalla, Batala, was riding his scooter when he was hit by a military vehicle. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to the local Civil Hospital. Hardip Singh, ASI, initiated police action in this case.

Voter lists correction: Paramjit Singh, Sub-divisional Magistrate-cum-Electorate Registration Officer, Batala, stated that the correction of the voter lists started today in Batala. This will continue till October 20. Authorised employees will visit villages to verify any alteration of the voter lists. The SDM, Batala, further stated that objections and new entries will be decided within October 20.

Dr Rakesh Gupta cremated:
A senior surgeon at the local Civil Hospital, Dr Rakesh Gupta (53), who passed away on Monday at the DMC Hospital, Ludhiana, was cremated here at the cremation ground near the Grain Market on Tuesday. He was a cancer patient. Hundreds of persons from all walks of the life including officials from the civil and the police administration, politicians, doctors and social activists attended the cremation and prayed for the departed soul.

GZSCET holds six-day training for youth: Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Bathinda, organised a six-day course on youth empowerment and skills at the college campus. Principal Dr Jasbir Singh Hundal said, named YES!, the course is a part of the Art of Living programme worldwide. For students, it gives energy, power, improvement of relationships with friends and parents, stability and versatility. It is helpful for students in gaining confidence.

Major setback for SAD (Longowal)
: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) has been virtually wiped out from Punjab as its national youth president, besides its seven district presidents and 13 other senior office-bearers, deserted it and joined the SAD (Badal) in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal. Meanwhile, People's Party of Punjab suffered a major identity crisis as its 65 office-bearers from Barnala, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Sangrur bid good bye to the party and joined the SAD.

Badal thanks PM for Borlaug institute: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has thanked both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for agreeing to establish the prestigious Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) at Ludhiana. Badal, in a statement here, said establishment of the university at Ludhiana would go a long way in giving a push to the Green Revolution in the agrarian state at a time when traditional agriculture had already reached a point of saturation.

One held for forgery
: On the complaint of Neelam Sud, the city police booked Deepak Kumar under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471, 477 A and 120 B of the IPC. Neelam Sud alleged that Deepak Kumar forged her signatures on agreement papers to purchase her 53 Kanal and 10 Marla plots.

Science exhibition
: The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) No 3, Jalandhar Cantt bagged first position in the social science exhibition organised at the school premises. As many as 12 KV participated in the exhibition in different competitions. Principal of the school, Amarjit Singh Gill gave certificates to the winners.

Book fair to end today
: The book fair which started on the campus of Guru Nanak Public School on October 3 will conclude on October 5. Various books on activities, famous personalities, general knowledge and creative skills were put on  display.

Trade union activists court arrest in Moga
: Hundreds of activists of the INTUC, a trade union, staged a protest march and blocked the traffic on the national highway here before they were taken into custody by the police as a precautionary measure. They were demanding revision of monthly wages for labourers in the state, ending the contract system, bringing down the prices of essential commodities and implementing labour laws strictly. More than 500 activists were taken into custody but after a few hours they were released by the police.



10 trucks impounded:The UT excise and taxation department today impounded 10 loaded trucks from various parts in the city for not producing the requisite documents. All these trucks had come from Delhi. While some entered the city without having bills and other documents of the goods being carried, others produced fake bills, said a department official. The department had charged Rs 5 lakh as penalty from the owners of four trucks so far.



Man arrested
: The police has arrested Balvinder, a resident of Rohti village, on Monday under Section 306 of the IPC for allegedly teasing a girl due to which she committed suicide. Stating this to mediapersons here, the police said the girl’s father, Pala Ram, had accused Balvinder of teasing his daughter due to which she committed suicide by jumping into a canal. A case has been registered and further investigations are on.

Police cautions: District police chief Parul Kush said ahead of the festive season theft incidents was on the rise. Therefore, people should be cautious of frauds who visit door-to-door and steal jewellery and metallic utensils on the pretext of shinning them. “Though the police has intensified patrolling, public cooperation is also needed for controlling such incidents,” she added.

Student injured: Hikmat Tula, an Afghan student studying in Kurukshetra University, was injured when his motorcycle was hit by a speeding car on the university campus here on Monday. In a complaint lodged with the police, Hikmat has alleged that he was injured when an unidentified car hit his motorcycle. The car driver fled from the site and the police has started an investigation in this regard.

Two booked: The police on Tuesday booked two persons under the provisions of the Essential Commodities Act for illicit hoarding of DAP fertilisers. A police spokesperson said here that Anup Singh, a resident of Gadhibari (Rajasthan), was arrested and efforts were on to nab Bhupinder, a resident of C-Block locality of the town. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a store in the C-Block and arrested Anup Singh after DAP fertiliser was found stored without permission. 



Tractor driver dies in road mishap: Driver Prem Singh (42) of Jajar village, Hamirpur district, was killed when his tractor rolled down about 25 ft from the Talai-Barthin road near Barthin at Bhallu-Riyana on Sunday night. Reports said nearby villagers extricated the driver from under the tractor and rushed him to the Community Health Centre at Barthin where he died. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, and has sent the body for postmortem examination.

936 treated at health camp: A total of 936 patients of various diseases were treated at a daylong multi-specialists health camp organised by the District Medical and Health Department under the National Health Mission in the backward area of Kalol in the Jhandutta constituency, 80 km from here, on Sunday. The camp was supervised by officiating CMOAshwini Sharma and attended by specialist doctors from the Regional Hospital, Bilaspur, including Dr Ahmad, Dr Mukesh Sharma, Dr Ambuder Sharma, Dr Anoop Sharma and Dr Ashutosh Sharma and Dr Monika Sharma from the Primary Health Centre, Kalol.

Man using govt quota cement held: The police has arrested Sanjay Kumar (27) of Malangan village under Talai police station on charges of using government quota cement for the construction of his house on Tuesday. Reports said the police raided the house and found that government marked bags of cement were being used. The police found 29 empty bags of this cement and 19 full bags of cement issued from the ACC cement factory to some government department or agency. A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, was registered against Sanjay Kumar and he was arrested.

13 students in merit list: Thirteen students of the Shiva Institute of Engineering and Technology (Chandpur), near here, have achieved the distinction of getting their names in the merit list in the state in the B Tech examination held in December last. Institute Managing Director Purushottam Sharma said here on Tuesday that Vishal Mahajan (ME) and Renuka (EEE) had secured the second and third positions, respectively, Vikrant Sharma (ME) got the fourth, Shobhna Kashyap (CSE) the sixth and Vishal the 10th position in HP.

11 pilgrims hurt in road mishap: Eleven pilgrims were injured when an Uttar Pradesh private, in which they were travelling for devi darshan, dashed against a barricade near Shiv Mandir Dhaliara on Monday evening. Kangra District Police Chief DS Thakur said here on Tuesday that thee bus (UP ISL-7729) was on way to Jawalamukhi when the driver lost control over it. Five of the seriously injured were admitted to the TMC here. A case under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, was registered and the driver arrested.

4 accident cases registered: Four persons were admitted to the Tanda Medical College (TMC) on Tuesday after they suffered injuries in different accidents and a boy consumed poison. SDPO, Dehra, Manmohan Singh said here on Tuesday that Munish Kumar of Bohal Khas under Jawalamukhi police station had consumed poison by mistake at home. The DSP said Sultan Mohamad of Badoyee was hit by a bus at Dhaliara. In another accident, Anwar Ali of Muradabad, UP, received a head injury when he was trapped in a cotton machine at Haripur. He was rushed to the TMC where from he was referred to the PGI. In yet another accident, Anuradha of Kawari village received 40 per cent burn injuries when the cooker burst in the kitchen where she was cooking.



27 buildings gutted:
About 27 buildings, including a mosque and a school, were gutted in a fire incident in a village near the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipora district today. However, there were no casualties, the police said.
The fire erupted in a house at Tarjooli village, 140 km from here, and later engulfed the adjoining buildings. A school, a mosque, 10 cowsheds and 15 residential houses were destroyed, it said.



Three killed in mishap: Three passengers were killed while five sustained injuries when the jeep they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Rudraprayag district on Tuesday. According to information, the accident took place when the driver of the jeep lost control over the vehicle. Locals helped the police in the rescue operation. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital in Rudraprayag while the bodies of the deceased have been sent for a post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has expressed grief over the accident.

Cheque bounce case: A local court has sentenced a government employee to a six-month jail in a cheque bounce case. Charanjit Singh had given Rs 2.60 lakh to Tikam Singh employed with the Doon Accounts Department. However, the latter did not return it, but after much insistence, he agreed to give it through a cheque. He gave him a cheque of Rs 2.60 lakh which bounced.

Water crisis: Congress MLA from Bironkhal Amrita Rawat has sought the immediate resolution of the potable water crisis in the hilly districts of the state. In a letter to Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva, the MLA said due to a natural disaster last year, water sources to various potable water pipelines had become dry. She also accused the government of having failed to utilise even 10 per cent of the Central Budget meant for rural water schemes.

Kumaon Briefs
Tributes paid to freedom fighter:
Tributes were paid to freedom fighter and eminent social worker from the Kumaon region, Victor Mohan Joshi, on his 71st death anniversary. Veteran freedom fighter and president of the late Victor Mohan Joshi Smarak Samiti Devendra Sanwal inspiration must be taken from sacrifices made by Joshi and the path showed by him. He said besides participating in various agitations launched as a part of the freedom struggle, Joshi had also edited several periodicals with great efficiency. Other speakers present on the occasion were the service included local legislator Manoj Tewari and chairperson of the Municipal Council Shobha Joshi. They said the life history of Joshi must be incorporated in school books.

Festive season: Security up in Nainital: Nainital District Magistrate Nidhi Mani Tripathi has stated that ample police force has been deployed in the district in view of the forthcoming festive season. Participating in a video conference with Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Tuesday, she underlined that proper deployment had been made at the sensitive areas across the district and vigilance on the people coming from outside had been increased. Regular checking is also being carried out. She said the district administration was in touch with peace committees in Ramnagar, Lal Kuan and Haldwani and their help was being taken in maintaining peace in the area. Following the outbreak of communal clashes in the neighbouring town of Rudrapur on Sunday, the Nainital administration has been on alert.

Officials told to expedite recoveries: Officials of the Revenue Department, Nainital, have been asked to expedite the collection of recoveries. At a meeting held on the Lake Development Authority (LDA) premises on Tuesday, the District Magistrate asked the Tehsildars to ensure that the target set with regard to the recoveries must be met by the end of the current financial year. She suggested that Tehsildars and SDMs should carry out weekly reviews of the recoveries made and chalk out a long-term plan at their level.

Man’s body found on highway: The body of a man was found near Aam Padav on the Nainital-Haldwani highway. The body was first spotted by local shopkeepers who reported the matter to the police. The deceased has been identified as Rajendra Singh Mehra (34) of Boragaon. An empty bottle of a pesticide was recovered at some distance away from the body. It is being assumed that he might have committed suicide.

Protest over ‘land grab’ in Kotabagh: Residents of the Kotabagh region of Nainital district have launched an agitation on the issue of land meant for a local government college being “usurped” by land mafia. Agitating residents and students are demanding that the land be handed over to the college authorities.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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